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Kangaroo Joke

2006-03-30 11:58

Best friends Charlie Carbone (Jerry O'Connell) and Louis Fucci (Anthony Anderson) are both struggling to get ahead in life - but their approaches couldn't be more different.

Louis is an eternal optimist, which is a good thing considering he's also a magnet for bad luck. Ever since he saved Charlie's life 20 years ago, Louis has embroiled them in a series of shady get-rich-quick schemes, which has only compounded Charlie's reputation as the ultimate loser in the eyes of his intimidating stepfather, mob boss Sal Maggio (Christopher Walken).

More skeptical and low-profile than Louis, Charlie just wants to play by the rules, meet the right girl and make a success of his new business, which is tough with Sal skimming all the profits. But when Louis recruits Charlie to help him escort a truckload of stolen TVs across town, they inadvertently lead police straight to Sal's warehouse, jam-packed with hot property.

Just when it looks like the guys might wind up sleeping with the fishes, Sal decides to give Charlie and his bumbling sidekick one last chance for redemption. All they have to do is deliver $50,000 cash to one of Sal's associates in a remote outpost ...the Australian Outback.

Goodbye Brooklyn, G'day Sydney!

After an adventurous plane flight and a scary brush with Customs, Charlie and Louis find themselves barrelling down a dusty road in the Aussie wilderness with the 50 grand stuffed in Louis' lucky red jacket. Looks like things are finally starting to go their way when...THUMP! Their jeep hits a large kangaroo.

As the guys try in vain to revive the lifeless roo, they realize he resembles their buddy "Jackie Legs" back home in Brooklyn. Louis impulsively insists on dressing "Jackie" in his lucky red jacket and snapping a few photos.

Problem is...this kangaroo has a plan of his own.

What the critics are saying:

"But even the most gullible infant will quickly tire of the frenetic action, while Jackie's coarse and aggressive antics are a world away from Skippy..."
- Neil Smith, BBCi

"...goes a long way for its laughs, dragging out every Australian cliche short of throwing a shrimp on the barbie. ..."
- Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDwire

"...there are two distinctive features to the movie: the mind-numbingly banal plot...and all the offensive material."
- Desson Howe, Washington Post

Kangaroo Jack, the most idiotic and inappropriately crude film of the year, is conclusive proof that an enormous budget is no substitute for a decent script or solid acting.

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